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New Research Sheds Light on Addictive Eating and Comfort Foods

The New York Times

In this article, researchers discuss why the term "comfort food" is a misnomer and why these foods may only increase your weight. However, can comfort food actually improve your mood? When stressed, anxious, or upset, do you pause to think what lasting effects that first, second, and third bowl of ice cream may have on your health? Of course not! But now, you may want to think about that. With more research showing that ice cream, chocolate, and other comfort foods are linked with addicitive eating, gaining weight should come as no surprise. Specifically, a publication in the PLOS ONE co-authored by Dr. Nicole Avena, Ashley Gearhardt and Erica Schulte, have found that highly processed foods are associated with addictive eating. Furthermore, with the newly categorized Binge Eating Disorder (BED), by the DSM-5 in 2013, this study showcases the harmful effects that highly processed foods, such as comfort food, can have on your health.


 This recent publication from the PLOS ONE journal identified and ranked foods as being the most problematic. From the image above, you can clearly see that pizza and chocolate are ranked high as being most addictive. This new research is substantial in the development of obesity research because we can now understand which foods have addictive-like qualities and why.

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